What music, if any, do you listen to when writing?

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I do like writing in silence but ........ during covid with family and dogs ..... where’s silence again???

This winter, I’ve been putting on a track with a fire crackling in the background when I write. I’m also a big fan of making a playlist for each WIP, like Kat said.
Anyone have any favs they’ve made?
 

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I typically pick a wordless 'epic music compilation' on YouTube, which either matches the atmosphere of the scene I'm writing, (sad, mysterious, intense), or just pick an action/adventure one as they tend to get me hyped up regardless of the mood of the scene.
 

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I tend to write at night in silence, but when I do put on music I have a playlist full of Porter Robinson and Madeon. It feels close enough to instrumental not to distract me, but has enough lyrics to keep my mind from wandering too far away from the present.
 

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-Iron Maiden: The Book of Souls- all but serves as the soundtrack for my first manuscript. For my current WIP it's -Sirenia: Arcane Ancestral Aeons-
 

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I've been enjoying Hiromi and Jaco Pastorious the past few days, but It changes constantly.


 

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Depending on the story, I like to use game soundtracks (Final Fantasy XII, Tales of Xillia, Horizon: Zero Dawn, DragonAge: Origins, Guild Wars) or I have some new age/celtic music (primarily Mediaeval Babes) or some soft jazz (mainly Keiko Matsui). When I did my last story for Sisyphus, it was "of course, anime soundtracks. *grin*
 

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Worldhaspostrock Good post rock music, all varying degrees of metal, shoegaze, prog, psych and etc, not all great but good for atmospheric by music with some bite.

Hollow Instrumental and arrangements from the first Dark Souls, gets the vibe without the bombastic vocals. Get yer goth on.

MrRPGStar OSts from 90s rpgs, and so on, pretty all around agreeable.

Also spending a lot of time with the Snowfall soundtrack and Spotify’s got some very reliable 90s era hip hop channels I’ve been listening to for every occasion. I personally lean towards artists representing the great state of California, but there are more coastaly balanced channels as well.

Edit- I have no clue if I’ve posted these links before but I thought them worth sharing and, hey, it’s been a minnit.
 
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Classical and rock — mostly. I’ve got several rather eclectic playlists for inspiration for different types of stories; some of the tunes are so firmly linked with a particular story/genre in my mind that I can’t hear them without getting a little burst of inspiration for said story/genre.
My most “universal” favourite seems to be Händel’s opera Julius Caesar in Egypt — to its sound, I’ve written almost everything I can write at all: from thesis to fanfics to stories I actually published.
 

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A lot of the time it depends on my mood. If something is being particularly stubborn, I made to turn off all noise, shut the door, and just focus on getting the words out. Otherwise, sometimes I listen to songs or instrumental (if the lyrics are too distracting).

I generally compile playlists for all my works. It's half the fun, really, as I find that it actually helps in world-building. I'll hear a song and know that it belongs to the story I'm writing, and sometimes it unlocks something I hadn't thought of yet. Other times, it just helps me get in the zone.

The last book I wrote, The Midnight Hour, was Victoriana horror with steampunk & fantasy vibes, so I had a lot of dark and eerie and sad music. I'm working on the sequel now, which takes place in a completely different locale (think outback), so I'm trying to find steampunk-western music, keep the darkness, but also allow a little light in.

Some of my instrumental faves (just in general):

Ludovico Enaudi
E.S. Posthumus
Brunuhville
Adrian von Ziegler
Audiomachine

Lyrics:
Sam Tinnesz
Zayde Wolfe

These are some of my go-tos, but I've discovered a lot of new music for this sequel, as I did for MH itself.
 
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I find lyrics too distracting when I'm writing, so I always lean towards instrumental music, or sometimes nature sounds. I usually end up circling back to my favourite video game soundtracks, because the emotional undertones tend to put me in just the right headspace. Lately I've just been putting ambient Red Dead Redemption 2 videos on in the background — they're the perfect mix of gorgeous, mellow music and relaxing nature sounds!
 

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For whatever reason, I have to have something going in the background or my mind will wander too much. As long as it's music I already know, it doesn't distract me and can even set my mood.
 

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A lot of the time it depends on my mood. If something is being particularly stubborn, I made to turn off all noise, shut the door, and just focus on getting the words out. Otherwise, sometimes I listen to songs or instrumental (if the lyrics are too distracting).

I generally compile playlists for all my works. It's half the fun, really, as I find that it actually helps in world-building. I'll hear a song and know that it belongs to the story I'm writing, and sometimes it unlocks something I hadn't thought of yet. Other times, it just helps me get in the zone.

The last book I wrote, The Midnight Hour, was Victoriana horror with steampunk & fantasy vibes, so I had a lot of dark and eerie and sad music. I'm working on the sequel now, which takes place in a completely different locale (think outback), so I'm trying to find steampunk-western music, keep the darkness, but also allow a little light in.

Some of my instrumental faves (just in general):

Ludovico Enaudi
E.S. Posthumus
Brunuhville
Adrian von Ziegler
Audiomachine

Lyrics:
Sam Tinnesz
Zayde Wolfe

These are some of my go-tos, but I've discovered a lot of new music for this sequel, as I did for MH itself.
*cough* I’m gonna take credit for introducing you to Sam Tinnesz among others in that list 😁
 

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It usually depends on the mood. Sometimes silence but sometimes I listen to the soudntrack of Mandy.

This one, mostly. To get me in the mood.

 

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What kind of music, if any, do you listen to when writing?

I'm not sure how to classify the music, but I listen to instrumental pieces from some of the following artists:

- Jeremy Soule
- Two Steps from Hell
- Jo Blankenburg
- Twelve Titans music
- Ivan Torrent
- Audiomachine
- E.S. Posthumnus
- Thomas Bergesen
- Hans Zimmer

Just to name a few of my favorites. The mood or tone I need to write might determine what I chose to listen to.
Um... Cooking shows...
 

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